Felicity Huffman isn’t afraid to admit when she’s failed. The mother of two with husband William H. Macy detailed one very long day with her girls in a recent entry for What the Flicka.
Felicity Huffman, whom 11-year-old Sophie and 10-year-old Georgia simply call “Mom,” writes in part:
For example yesterday, Sunday, Bill was out of town and the girls and I were making Belgium waffles. We were going to make them from scratch with fresh fruit and sprinkled confectionary sugar on top. But the recipe was somewhat involved and well, things got messed up. The sugar got added to the flour and not the egg yolks, the fluffy egg whites went all over the kitchen.
One daughter’s morning greeting to the other was basically: ‘No good morning for you, you treat me like a dog!” This is also the daughter who chased her sister around the house with a knife shouting, “I hate you, you dumb fucker!” She was four. It was a butter knife.
Anyway, by 8:30 I had screamed several times and had to give myself a time out, while my “dumb fucker” daughter ran out to the tree house in tears. It was now 8:30 and I had failed at mothering… three or four times, pretty badly. Now, the other twelve hours of the day were full and actually okay, but what do I remember of yesterday? What am I carrying around: The sense of shame and failure.
Do you agree with this mom’s assessment that she failed?
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